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Also Known As: Mary Tomlinson Died: April 10, 1975
Born: February 24, 1890 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Acton, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, teacher

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
2.
3.
 The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) Ma Kettle
4.
 Friendly Persuasion (1956) Widow Hudspeth
5.
 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) Ma Kettle
6.
 Ricochet Romance (1954) Pansy Jones
7.
 Rose Marie (1954) Lady Jane Dunstock
8.
 The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Mrs. Hittaway
9.
 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954) Ma Kettle
10.
 Fast Company (1953) Ma Parkson
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Began acting career with a stock company in Chautauqua; first role was reportedly Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew"; billed as Mary Tomlinson
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Moved to NYC to try to land parts on Broadway
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Began appearing in vaudeville; adopted stage name of Marjorie Main
1935:
Acted in the Broadway production of "Dead End"
1936:
Appeared in "The Women"
1937:
Brought to Hollywood to recreate stage role in film version of "Dead End"; played mother to Humphrey Bogart
1937:
Cast as Barbara Stanwyck's mother in "Stella Dallas"
1938:
Offered fine comic turn as the landlady in "Test Pilot"
1939:
Recreated stage role of the proprietess of a ranch in film adaptation of "The Women"
1940:
Played a lady blacksmith opposite Wallace Beery in "Wyoming"
1940:
Signed to exclusive, long-term contract by MGM (October)
1941:
Starred with Frank Morgan in "The Wild Man of Borneo"
1941:
Reteamed with Beery for "Barnacle Bill"
1941:
Portrayed a minister's wife in "Honky Tonk"
1943:
On loanout to Fox, cast as a nouveau riche society doyenne in "Heaven Can Wait", directed by Ernst Lubitsch
1944:
Had featured role as the cook in "Meet Me in St. Louis"; first of three films with Judy Garland
1945:
Loaned to Paramount and cast as a hillbilly matriarch opposite Fred MacMurray in "Murder, He Says"
1946:
Once again played a cook in a Garland musical in "The Harvey Girls"
1947:
On loanout to Universal, earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination playing Ma Kettle in the film adaptation of "The Egg and I", starring MacMurray and Claudette Colbert
1947:
Had rare lead role in Universal's "The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap" opposite Abbott and Costello
1948:
Second film with Percy Kilbride, "Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'"
1949:
Last of a total of seven films with Beery, "Big Jack"
1949:
Reunited with Kilbride for "Ma and Pa Kettle"; subsequently made six additional Kettle films
1950:
Final feature with Garland, "Summer Stock"
1952:
Cast as the mother of a soldier killed in action in "It's a Big Country"
1954:
Contract with MGM ended
1955:
Final Kettle film with Kilbride, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki"
1956:
Provided some comic relief in "Friendly Persuation", playing a widow with three unmarried daughters
1957:
Last Kettle film, "The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm"
1958:
Final acting role, a guest appearance on TV's "Wagon Train"
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Education

Hamilton College: -

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husband:
Stanley LeFevre Krebs. Doctor. Born c. 1864; married from December 1921 until his death in 1935.

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father:
Samuel Joseph Tomlinson. Minister.
mother:
Jennie Tomlinson.
brother:
Samuel Tomlinson.

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